First hearing about PM Boris ‘proroguing’ parliament, I wondered if it had something to do with ‘Pierogis’, Stuffed Dumplings! “Fair definition, Neil” you might say. Of course, now we all know that ‘Proroguing Parliament’ is ‘asking for it to be suspended or extended’.

Whatever our personal perspective on Brexit or ‘Brexfarce’, British politics will never be the same. It will take some doing to restore people’s trust in politicians and belief in our version of democracy, indeed events of the last two years have probably made the splintering of the UK just a matter of time. I confess to voting ‘Remain’, ‘No’ to Scottish Independence and for all the mainstream parties (except the ‘Monster Raving Loony Party) at one time or another.

We all must confess to a degree of self interest in all our activities and views. When Brexit is a thing of the past, we can each make up our own minds regarding the degrees of national interest and self interest inherent in our present Conservative Government and opposition parties. Ideologies, egos and the ability to compromise, while ‘keeping face’, also have their parts to play in the story unravelling before us. But, as I read Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and other Old Testament prophets the truth ringing throughout is that we are not just accountable to other humans in life (Voters, Royalty, Lords, Parliaments, Councils, Investors, Employers, Families and Friends, we are answerable to God Almighty for how we steward our wealth, ability, relationships, power and the vulnerable in our world, nation and neighbourhood. However, Brexit plays out, each one of us will face our maker one day. God says to the people of Israel in their day of conflict, controversy and chaos,

“Your hands are full of blood! Wash and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong.
    Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”
(Isaiah 1:15b-17 – NIV)

This scripture goes onto offer the forgiveness, cleansing and renewal, which Christ came to win for us through his birth, life, death and resurrection. But these words, “seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”sear through my soul as I consider how we, at Fullarton ConneXions, can join with our partners in better looking out for (and learning from) the vulnerable in our community.

May we all be accountable to God and may Christ guide, guard and inspire us with his beatitudes of spiritual poverty and peace-making and his manifesto of freedom for all (Luke 4). As the prophet Micah puts it, “God has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”